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Valentine’s Day In Orlando: Date Ideas For the 2020 Holiday

Love is in the air here in Orlando, The City Beautiful, and Valentine’s Day events are no stranger to the area. From Kissimmee to Downtown and from the thrill-seekers to the romantics, there’s an endless variety of date ideas for the 2020 holiday.

Valentine’s Day is only a day away and we know that there are a few (or a lot) of you who are still trying to choose the perfect place, reserve the best dinner, or book that out-of-this-world Valentine’s event that will wow your other half. Not to worry! We’ve compiled a lovely list of date ideas that are guaranteed to make your partner swoon and, hopefully, love you forever (because we’re striving for true love this new decade).

A Valentine’s Dinner at Eleven

“Elevate your love to Eleven” at Eleven inside of Reunion® Resort. On Friday, February 14th, dine from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. with your partner and feast on a delectable four-course prix fixe dinner (view the menu here) prepared by Chef Sabrina Green with wine pairings chosen by Joel Vodola.

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Your dinner will be complemented with breathtaking rooftop views of the entire resort grounds, making for an intimate evening surrounded by the beauty of Orlando. Prices range from $59 to $75 per person, depending on entree choice. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online or by phone at (407) 396-5397.

Wine Bar George

Situated in Disney Springs®, Wine Bar George is celebrating a weekend full of Valentine’s dishes (view the menu here) for those who can’t make it on Valentine’s Day. Enter this urban-style bar and restaurant’s warm and inviting dim-lit atmosphere and enjoy anything from small plates to fan-favorite charcuterie boards.

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Choose from an assortment of over 20 different cocktails, beer, ciders, and frozen alcoholic beverages, or branch off of the Valentine’s Weekend menu by trying a wine from Wine Bar George’s award-winning list.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online, the My Disney Experience App, or by phone at (407) 490-1800.

Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar

Join Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar in the “Tunnel of Love” this Valentine’s Day with a delectable dinner and dessert pairing inside of this intimate Italian restaurant.

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Located in Disney Springs®, share a meal for two of a Stuffed Baked Maine Lobster complete with Lumache Pasta and finished off with a Torta Setteveli for dessert. Your date will be amazed by the collection of flavors in this one-of-a-kind Valentine’s dinner.

Those who like to dine with a glass of fine wine, Enzo’s extensive beverage menu is sure to satisfy all guests that enter.

Reservations can be made online, the My Disney Experience App, or by phone at (407) 560- 3696.

Love Month at ICON Park

Share your love high above the city of Orlando during Love Month at ICON Park. Until February 29th, 2020, surprise your love with one of two romantic Valentine’s packages.

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The “I’m Sweet On You” Package (starting at $110) lets your special someone know that you’re “sweet on them” with its delightful touches of a private capsule for two, a rose, two glasses of champagne, wine or soft drinks, and a box of chocolate truffles to give or share. If you’re on a group date, reserve for extra guests in the same capsule for only $25 per person (includes ride and beverage). Want to share a full bottle of wine or champagne? You can do so starting at as low as $30.

Upgrade your night with the Romance Capsule Package (starting at $185) and have your capsule romantically themed with your full bottle of wine or champagne and box of chocolate truffles included with your package. Additional riders can be added as well for $25 including the beverage.

Reserve your romantic capsule online anytime before the end of February to secure your romantic evening with your significant other.

2020 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts

If you’re going to visit any theme park during Valentine’s Day, you’ll have to stop by Epcot® for the 2020 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts.

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From now until February 24th, 2020, walk from country to country with your special someone as you try a variety of festival booths with small plates designed for the art enthusiasts of the world. You may even discover a piece of art too beautiful to pass up, making for a memorable and unique gift for your loved one.

Capture the moments with fun and exciting photo-op spots, visit stunning art galleries and so much more at the 2020 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts! Get your tickets with us here and add color to your heart this Valentine’s Day.

Cinderella at the Orlando Ballet

Enchant your date with the timeless tale of triumphant love at Cinderella, the ballet performance being held by Orlando Ballet at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. With live music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, this magical evening will take you back to your childhood while adding a sophisticated twist to the story.

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Watch the art of ballet come to life with your partner from February 14th to February 16th, 2020. Times may vary, so please check the website for more details. Tickets start at $24 per person. Book in advance online or by calling (407) 426-1733.

Valentine’s Day at Island H2O Live!

While some look forward to a romantic evening, others plan for a day of thrills. Island H2O Live!, Kissimmee’s newest Water Park is offering a 2-for-1 special this Valentine’s Day.

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Purchase a single-day ticket to the park by February 14th and receive one for your date for free! It’s a great way to enjoy the sun, relax down the lazy river or zoom down the slides together. Add some spark to your romance by spending your Valentine’s Day at Island H2O Live!

With these special places to visit and more beyond words, your Orlando Valentine’s Day, weekend, or month is sure to bring the magic of love to the two of you.

Looking to book a long-weekend getaway for your partner as your Valentine’s Day present? Make sure to swing by our website and see all of the Magical Vacation Homes we offer for your much-needed romantic vacation.

Until the next blog post, have a magical week and an enchanting 2020 Valentine’s Day!

New Disney Theme Park Attractions You’ll Want to Visit in 2020

New Disney Theme Park attractions you’ll want to visit in 2020? You know we prepared that list just in time for your next Orlando getaway.

With the dawn of a new decade and the welcome of a shiny new year, it’s no surprise that Walt Disney World® Resort is working on plenty of exciting theme park magic! It’s almost as if every time we log onto the internet we’re greeted with new rides, restaurants, and even stage shows. With all of the information to take in, it can be quite daunting when getting down to the nitty-gritty of vacation planning.

In particular, we’ve seen an endless list of “coming soon”‘s from both Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Epcot®! The two of the four lands are planned to introduce added experiences throughout the year which gives guests all the more reason to purchase their multi-day park tickets.

So without further ado, we’ve put together some of our picks for YOU to visit this year and every year after (because visiting once is never enough)!

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Alllll aboard! We bet you didn’t expect to see Mickey & Minnie star in their very own attraction, especially one like this! Hop aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the wackiest train trip any Disney Theme Park has ever seen. This first-of-its-kind adventure welcomes you with unanticipated twists at every turn with no telling as to where your train may be heading, and we think that’s the most exciting part!

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Find yourself zooming through a world of waterfalls (yes, waterfalls), carnivals and more on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, opening March 4th, 2020 (Mouse rules apply).

Space 220

Unwind and dine in a space station situated 220 miles above planet Earth at Space 220. Set to open this winter, get ready for a journey like no other where you’ll feast on mouth-watering American dishes with a collection of fine wines and craft beer.

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Visit Space 220 when it opens this winter at Epcot®!

New Epcot Films

January at Epcot® has been a whirlwind as it’s introduced FOUR spectacular shows to its guests.

Awesome Planet, which can be found in The Land pavilion, guides you through planet Earth with breathtaking visuals of the land and sea. It’s a wonderful show for children as it gives them the chance to embrace the remarkable beauty of the world around us (and it’s truly amazing for adults, as well).

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The Canada pavilion’s classic 360 film that we’ve all come to know and love was an adventure, but it’s time to be greeted with new and improved cinematography. With the dazzling addition of Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360, you’ll have the chance to explore Canada like never before. Take in the scenic views that surround you during this breathtaking presentation.

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Warm-up your vocals, head over to the France pavilion, and get ready to sing along some of your favorite songs! Nestled in a cozy French cinema, enjoy a 15-minute film featuring songs from one of our favorite animated classic’s, Beauty and the Beast.

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Before you leave the World Showcase, make sure to stop by the China pavilion to witness Wonderous China, the new movie that will also feature a 360-degree format with immersive music and eye-catching scenes of China’s natural beauty.

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Speaking of the World Showcase, you may want to hang around there a little longer because along with the sing-along, you’ll have the opportunity to shrink to the size of Chef Remy and take on a WILD adventure.

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Race through Gusteau’s restaurant with everyone’s tiny chef in the thrilling new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! We still have a little bit to go until this one opens in the summer, but for those of you waiting for school to finish for the kids, it’ll be the perfect time to experience the all-new ride! Get ready for France’s first ride attraction coming in summer, 2020.

Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant

The magic of shrinking down to the size of a toy is about to get a touch more magical. Coming this year, Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will be home to Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant. Get ready for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at this table-service rodeo surrounded by some of Andy’s favorite toys, games, and playsets.

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With all of these much-anticipated additions, there’s no doubt that this is the perfect year for a visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks!

So, what are you waiting for? Get that Magical Vacation Home booked, choose the perfect theme park tickets for your family, and pack those bags for the getaway of a lifetime!

Until the next blog, have a magical (and theme park-filled) day!

4th of July in Orlando

According to AAA Travel, Orlando is the #1 destination for travel this 4th of July! It’s easy to see why, especially when we have theme parks known for their awe-inspiring fireworks spectaculars happening nightly! If you’re planning to be at the theme parks or in the Orlando area for Independence Day celebrations this July 4th, we’ve put together a guide for you!

Our first Magical tip: the theme parks fill up very fast on the 4th of July, so be sure to keep that in mind when you are planning your day! There will be heavy crowds, so plan for long wait times for rides and characters and make sure to scope out your fireworks spot early!

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Epcot is the #1 spot for Independence Day celebrations! Here’s an inside look at the special offerings:

  • Special Fireworks: “The Heartbeat of Freedom” What would a 4th of July celebration be without fireworks? And Epcot has the best show around! It starts at 9 p.m. with a performance of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which concludes with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale. This one-night-only fireworks extravaganza unites music from great American composers with more pyrotechnics than Guests can imagine!
  • Voices of Liberty – An Epcot tradition for more than 35 years, this legendary a cappella group will perform a series of special evening concerts of great American songs in the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Joining the Voices of Liberty on stage will be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, dressed for the occasion in their special “Spirit of ‘76” attire. Guests can also catch Voices of Liberty performing special patriotic songs in the rotunda of The American Adventure at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Disney Characters – During the day, Guests will have the opportunity to get a special photo with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale, all wearing their patriotic best, right outside The American Adventure pavilion.
  • Specialty Foods – Guests can add some flavor to their celebration with all-American foods throughout the park. There will be decadent red, white and blue cupcakes available at Fountain View and Sunshine Seasons, where they can also nosh on their yummy BBQ pork sandwich. Refreshment Port will have specially decorated croissant doughnuts (Who can resist those?!) and Liberty Inn has got Guests covered with the all-American burger, southern fried chicken sandwich, apple pie cheesecake and –just for the 4th – a slice of watermelon!
  • The American Adventure – This epic attraction, another Epcot original, has recently been updated with an all-digital projection system, a new screen, new speakers and an all-new recording of the iconic “Golden Dream” anthem. And look for new faces added to the show’s finale including composer John Williams, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and noted ballerina Misty Copeland.

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Enjoy Disney’s Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky on July 3rd and 4th at 9:15 pm! See beautiful fireworks in the sky and special effects on Cinderella’s Castle.

Also around the Magic Kingdom will be DJ Hosted dance parties from 7 pm to midnight on both the 3rd and the 4th in Frontierland and Tomorrowland. Dance the night away with both contemporary songs as well as tunes themed to the lands.

Universal Studios Orlando

Starting at 5 pm on July 4th, Universal Studios Orlando will host special entertainment to celebrate, including a live performance from the band Raydio, award-winning DJ M-Squared spinning hits and a special dance party with Universal’s beloved characters.

Fireworks begin at 9 pm, and the park will stay open until 10 pm to keep the Independence Day fun going until late!

Outside of the Theme Parks

Trying to avoid the busy theme park crowds? This website has compiled all of the events happening in the Central Florida area for the 4th!

Thinking about planning your Orlando vacation and need some assistance with where to stay? Contact us today, our dedicated reservations team is here 7 days a week to help you plan the vacation of your dreams today!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Flower and Garden Festival

Enter a world full of spring wonder, fresh flavors, incredible topiaries, and fun interactive activities for the whole family!  Take part in the annual International Flower and Garden running from March 1 to May 29, 2017 in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

Eat tasty treats from the outdoor kitchens offering farm-to-table plates. Wander the World Showcase and sample dishes and drinks from around the world.

Dance the night away to the Garden Rocks Concert Series that runs on weekends with different artists each weekend. Be sure to check the artist schedule to see which artist is performing each week!

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Offering over 70 topiaries throughout all of Epcot. Highlights include topiaries of Anna and Elsa, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Enjoy special exhibits and gardens including Butterflies on the Go, Floating Mini-Gardens, and  the Illuminated Gardens.

While visiting the theme park capital of the world, stay in one of our new luxury villas. The whole family will truly unwind in a fully equipped villa with a private pool, theater room and themed bedroom for the little ones!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Festival of the Arts

Epcot is debuting a brand new festival and showcases three artistic areas including visual, culinary and performing arts. The International Festival of the Arts runs Friday through Monday from now until February 20, 2017! This event is perfect for all ages with tasty dishes, captivating performances, and incredible artwork.

Culinary Arts

You can visit Food Studios throughout the World Showcase. Tasty highlights from the Food Studios include the Deconstructed Purple Sweet Potato Pie, Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts, BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, and the Classic Reuben.

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Each different food station offers food in different artistic styles including Pop Art, Deconstructionism, Modernism, and Renaissance just to name a few.

Performing Arts

Be wowed by a variety of live performances! Your family can enjoy the Disney on Broadway Concert Series including Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tarzan, The Lion King and more! Be sure to view the schedules of concerts before visiting the park.

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There are other shows to choose from including the Community Arts Showcase, Art in Performance, and The Show Must Go On!. All of these shows are held at select times on select days, so be sure to check out the times schedule!

Visual Arts

Immerse yourself in Disney art with seminars, must see exhibits, workshops, photo ops, and portraits. View exhibits from all over the world and even purchase some of your favorite pieces. Learn the basics of pieces from the artists themselves and even be the student in professional workshops.

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Be sure to visit Epcot for this new festival before it ends February 20!

Call our reservationists today for help finding your perfect vacation rental! Check out this 9 bedroom villa with tons of upgrades, private theater, games room and private pool!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Wine & Dine

The 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner!  The festival is a crowd favorite for all, showcasing culinary demos and mixology and beverage seminars from the world over.  This special event is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will run from September 25 through November 16, 2015.

Cultural food and drink are not the only thing waiting for you at the Food & Wine Festival, ABC’s The Chew will be broadcasting live from Epcot and plenty of visiting chefs and personalities will be waiting to help your family explore a whole world of flavor.  With plenty of event specific merchandise and incredible gifts from across the world, you can wander throughout the World Showcase whilst enjoying world class food and drinks.

Not only will everyone have a blast at the International Food & Wine Festival, the weather and crowd levels are also perfect in September.  A visit in the fall, will truly bring you and your family a relaxing and magical vacation.  Allow us to take the stress of planning a vacation off your shoulders!  Give us a call today or visit us online.  Your magical vacation awaits!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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